Monday, October 12, 2015

Isla Mujeres News & Daily Events Monday, October 12

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!

I translated the trash fire article and the headlines, but don't have time for the rest right now. Thanks for your patience....I will do it later or manana.

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Demand for workers continues at hotels and restaurants: CROC labor union

 En hoteles y restaurantes: Croc

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 11 de octubre.-.

 This information has already been translated....

Playa Centro received an A+ evaluation from the Blue Flag inspectors 

 Playa Centro tuvo un resultado “A+” en jornada de supervisión de la coordinación Blue Flag

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 11 de octubre.-

   There are eight beaches in Quintana Roo that have been given Blue Flag status, including Isla Mujeres.The highest rating received by the Cancun beaches was "A", while Playa Centro in Isla Mu,jeres was given an A+, according to the Director of ZOFEMAT (The Federal Zone) in Isla Mujeres, Carmen Náhuatl Lara. 
      She said there are 33 criteria required for the granting of this award, which is only given to the best beaches in the country. (Blue Flag is also an international designation).The inspectors reviewed the quality and cleanliness of the beach, the security protocols, and the rescue protocols and response time to certain emergencies, as well as the quality of the certification of personnel in certified beaches.
    There were four actions demonstrated: a simulated drowning, the execution of techniques for rescue and first aid, a simulation for the paramedics, and giving attention to people with disabilities. In addition, the Navy gave assistance, and conducted a mock rescue in open waters that involved their staff and boats. The departments and officials who were involved are listed in the article.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

We are the first and only island of Mexico, declared a Pueblo Magico (magical town).
  An aerial photograph, so you can see this earthly paradise.

Somos la primera y única isla de México, declarada Pueblo Mágico.
Desde el cielo así se ve el paraíso terrenal.

October 11: International Day of the girl
Hoy 11 de Octubre, Día Internacional de la niña.

To all those who are interested in taking part in the painting and drawing workshop,  we remind you that classes start tomorrow.
A todos los interesados en tomar el Taller de Artes Plásticas les recordamos que mañana inician las clases.
‪#‎Arte‬ ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬

Don't miss participating in this photo contest which ends soon
Pronto cerrará el concurso, no te quedes sin participar.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Raging trash fire at the Trash Transfer facility
  • Siniestro

    Devora voraz incendio basura en estación de transferencia

    0 12 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

           A raging fire threatened to spread and consume about a thousand tons of trash which has been stored for months at the trash transfer station at the southern part of the island. According to Public Security (the police) the incident began shortly after 5:20pm and the Department of Civil Protection were immediately notified. 
           The firefighters, with help from the Navy and volunteers with the company Aguakan, worked at smothering the flames that continued to advance southward. They were hoping the wind would not change direction, because if that happened, the fire could spread and move to the north, where the majority of the trash is located. 
             The Department of Public Services is responsible for coordinating the operation, and it was decided to cordon off the area, including restricting traffic on the perimeter/coastal road. Officials were hoping to have some luck and that the rain that was threatening would fall, which would substantially assist in controlling this fire, otherwise the fight against the flames would continue.

  • Opening doors for tourist promotion


    Abre puertas distinción de promoción turística

    0 12 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
      The Director of the municipal Department of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, spoke about the privileges that will come from being a Pueblo Magico, which could begin next year. These include better tourism promotion, and the island should then be able to have a presence at several international tourism fairs, which it has not participated in for six years.
          Among the fairs and events that the island may participate in range from the caravans of the Mexican Caribbean to the most important and busiest in Europe, such as FITUR in Madrid, FITA in Argentina, FIT in Milan, ITB in Berlin, and the World Travel Market in London.

  • Pueblo Magico deserves better security


    Merece Pueblo Mágico mejor seguridad

    0 12 de octubre de 2015  Carlos Gasca
       Business owners hope that with the island being a Pueblo Magico, that there will be resources available to provide better bilingual assistance for tourists from the Tourist Police. There have been a few policemen equipped to assist, but there is no specialized agency to provide assistance for visitors when they are involved in a mishap or are caught driving while intoxicated, and they can spend hours or days in prison without this type of assistance, according to entrepreneurs (whose names are not given.)


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Expensive neglect to leave lights on during the day
Caro descuido dejar las luminarias prendidas de día.. [+] Ver mas
   When lights are left on during the day, this incurs an unnecessary expense for the municipality. According to witnesses, at the sports facilities for basketball and soccer in Salina Chica, the lights were left on during the days of Sunday and Saturday, respectively. In the first case they were turned off around 10am and in the second they were turned off around noon. There have also been incidents of lights being on during the day along the streets.

Boat owners keeping their vessels active
Navieros mantienen activa su flota[+] Ver mas
   There are about 50 boats of all types, small and medium in size, which are functioning at half capacity, at least, for 100 percent of the time, taking passengers on package trips to visit Isla Mujeres for a few hours, to enjoy the historic sites and recreation on the beaches, according to owners of these businesses. Catamarans, trimarans, and monohulls which operate mostly from the Cancun Hotel Zone, offer packages from travel agencies which include snorkeling, golf cart tours, diving, and swimming at Playa Norte and Playa Centro.
      They move thousands of visitors daily, and this summer they were bringing more than 10,000 passengers daily.  Juan Alcaraz Tovar, who is responsible for tour groups, said, "It is always attractive to sell tours to Isla Mujeres, because the demand is so high, it almost sells itself, and the number of boats who offer these tours has increased."
       A representative of the municipals Department of Tourism said that things tend to increase after September and s/he anticipates a good October, and predicts that it will be much better than last year. Boats are also transporting tourists to Isla Contoy National Park, where a maximum of 200 people may visit daily. The number of visitors is restricted by governmental regulations to avoid impacting the environment negatively.

A night filled with "Holy Spirit"
Una noche llena de Espíritu Santo. [+] Ver mas

   Hundreds of Catholics attended the night of praise and worship on Saturday night at the chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was led by international singer and preacher Cuco Chavez. Adults and children who were ill or who needed help to increase their faith, asked for help.
    The local priest Raul Sanches Alonso led the encounter, and the ceremonies began outside the chapel, outdoors, with chants and prayers. The event began at 6:30 with songs of praise, led by Chavez, and the Mass began a half hour later, by the local priest, assisted by the fathers Ernesto and  Germán, and Chavez also sang. When that was over, there was a "holy hour", with singing and preaching, which led many participants to repentance and tears.
      Then parishioners were invited to come forward and bow down before Jesus the Eucharist, and there was a procession. The procession ended at the Mundaca palapa, where there was a blessing given, and a speech about the history of salvation. The meeting generated a great deal of enthusiasm for strengthening of Christian faith, which is one of the projects of the parish priest Raul Sanchez.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

October events

Sunset ~6:40
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Oct. 27   6:44
Oct. 28   7:37
Oct. 29   8:31
Oct. 30   9:26
Oct. 31  10:22

Thursday, Oct. 1 You are invited to the lighting of the pink lights today at 7pm on the Town Square commemorating the start of the fight against breast cancer

Monday, Oct. 5 Noon Bazaar at offices of El Corazon del Wilito charity which benefits babies and children needing heart surgery (Next to Tugui Paleteria in La Gloria)

Friday, Oct. 9  Day of the Fishermen (Dia del Pescador). Event at Monument to the Fishermen at Rueda Medina commemorating those who lost their lives at sea and placing of wreath at sea

Monday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Tuesday, Oct. 27   Blue Crab protection campaign scheduled (Sac Bajo, possibly also along the eastern coastal road between the cemetery and Punta Sur)

The living celebrating the dead in Isla Mujeres...Oct 30 & 31
En Isla Mujeres los vivos celebramos a los muertos.

Saturday, Oct. 31 Halloween

Sunday, Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos,  All Saints Day
Monday, Nov. 2  All Souls Day

Isla Mujeres: A Place of Traditions 
 Participate!  This is a poster for a Hanal Pixan altar competition   Hanal Pixan is the Mayan holiday that occurs around the time of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. It lasts about a week and a half and is a commemoration of departed relatives and friends, who are remembered with offerings of their favorite foods, drinks, and items at altars containing their photos, at homes, businesses, and other locations, and their graves are cleaned and decorated. There are specials foods and other traditions. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

From Sally MargolisHi all!! We (Isla Animals) are gearing up for a HUGE Spay/Neuter, Vaccination, Wellness campaign for the animals in Rancho Viejo Nov 17-22. This is a very poor area in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Most are living without electricity and running water. The situation for the animals there is dire right now with parvo & distemper running rampant, and heavy overpopulation. We expect to treat/vaccinate/spay/neuter 1000 cats & dogs with the cost of surgery at just $10us per dog. This may be the only time any of these animals see a vet. We can treat the existing animals, vaccinate others against disease, curb the population growth, and educate pet owners on proper animal care and make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!! We have the knowledge, experience, volunteers, and heart to make it happen. We are asking for all of your help to raise funds to make the campaign a reality. (We can also accept Paypal donations via our site - just add RANCHO VIEJO in message, and cash in person on Isla Mujeres. Please, please share the link on your social media. It helps us so much. If you are not in a position to donate PLEASE do read the campaign & share, there is lots of excellent info in it about the work we do-There is always so much to do! Thank you for your time!

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